Sex in ScienceThe Sex in Science programme on the Genome Campus is a joint initiative of EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The programme generates discussion and raises awareness about issues traditionally facing women in science, and drives policy and practice changes to redress them.

Internationally, women are represented in diminishing proportions as career levels progress and significant numbers of women leave science altogether. Commensurate with societal and cultural shifts, the issues that cause this well-recognised "leaky pipeline" now affect not only female scientists, but increasingly also men in science.

In our Sex in Science Programme we explore these issues, look to inspire researchers, develop discussion and drive change in current practices and policy.

Programme overview

The Sex in Science programme was developed in 2011 by Dr Ele Zeggini. Its working group is comprised approximately 20 women and men from EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Programme aims

  • Raise awareness of issues facing women (and increasingly men) in science.
  • Address and challenge preconceptions.
  • Inspire women and men at different stages of their scientific careers to progress to senior levels.
  • Foster constructive discussion.
  • Inform and drive change in current practices and policy at the institutional level.
  • Explore and evaluate areas of partnership with other Institutes.
  • Communicate activities in this area externally.

The directorates of the Sanger Institute and EMBL-EBI recognise that these objectives require long-term effort, and are firmly commited to supporting this work into the future.

Learn more about the Sex in Science Programme